By Maha Buddhi dasa
“Bhaktitirta Swami, who was Ghanasyam before taking sanyasa was on book distribution with me in the 1970’s distributing full sets to the colleges. We went to a small college and found out it was a holiday. Ganasyam decided to give it a try anyway. I said, “Why do you want to waste your time and mine, it’s a small school and it is a holiday!”
Ghanasyam said, “Alright, I’ll just go to the bathroom and be right back. Just in case I find someone I’ll bring some books.”
One hour went by, then two. I was becoming very upset. But I also knew that Ghanasyam sometimes would do amazing things, almost mystical. I decided that I wouldn’t immediately chastise him, first I would find out why he took so long.
When he finally returned I asked him, “Why did you take so long, you were just going to the bathroom?”
He replied,” That’s what I was going to do, but as I was walking to the bathroom I was praying to Prabhupada, “Prabhupada please help me to serve you, I want to please you by distributing your books, please give me your mercy.”
“While I was in the bathroom there was a man in there, and we just started talking. He was a professor of history and religion. I told him about the Srimad Bhagavatam that we distribute and showed him what I had, he was fascinated. We went to his office and he bought a set. Then I asked if he knew if the library was open. He said it wasn’t, but he is a friend of the person in charge and would call him. When he called, his wife said he was on his way to the college to get some things he needed. Ten minutes later he shows up and also bought a set.”
I said, “That’s amazing, I’m impressed. I guess there are no material formulas if we sincerely want to distribute books.”